Learning to Shop Wisely - The Rule of 3!

Written by Nikki Willhite

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Here's another way to look at it. Think of your hands. How many purposes can you think of for them? Probably more than about anything else. Now think of buying a pearl ring for one of your fingers. What purpose does that ring serve? It is decorative, and worn for only one reason- to look good.

If you tire of that ring, or your fingers get larger and it can't be sized, is there any other purpose for that ring? Not really, unless you removerepparttar stone and put it in another setting (which will be expensive) or give it to someone. So just be sure you really want that ring before you buy it.

Onrepparttar 101878 other hand (no pun intended) when you buy a wedding ring, it has several purposes. It is a symbol of your marriage union. It has sentimental value. It is also decorative. It could be said to be used for security in some ways. It passesrepparttar 101879 Rule of Three.

Here are some other examples to further illustrate my point:

SOFA SLEEPER Used as a bed. Seating for company. Seating for family. DESK

Used to pay bills. Used to write letters. Used for studying.


Used to mix waffle batter. Used to beat eggs. Used to make cakes.


Seal letters. Sewing aid. Wrap presents. One last example of a single purpose item is a piano. Now then, I couldn't live without mine, but then, I play it every day. However, for it to be useful, someone has to play it. If someone does it is money well spent.

If, however, after you buy it, you tire of lessons, and it just sits there, you have made a mistake, from which you may or may not be able to recover your money. How many people do you know that have pianos just sitting in their home? The only time they are played is when company comes. Since it is probably not being maintained or tuned (which is expensive) even they won't want to play it long.

Think carefully before buying items with just one purpose!

Nikki Willhite, mother of three, and an Interior Design Graduate, is the editor of The Pennypincher E-zine and Tightwad Tidbits Daily. Visit her at http://www.allthingsfrugal.com


Written by Rhoberta Shaler

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Have you ever hadrepparttar experience of thinking that you cannot begin a project until you have everything that you could possibly need before you start?

What could you do right now withrepparttar 101877 things you have at hand? What changes could you make in your life right now just by deciding to do so? We do not have to wait until we lose twenty pounds, clean out our basements and garages, and take back our library books, to move ourselves forward, although those things make admirable and important beginnings, too. You can do things simultaneously, can't you? You can follow Ernest Hemmingway’s advice: “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

For today, if you find yourself saying "I would like to do that if only I had _______ or if only I was _____", or anything close to that, change your focus. Ask yourself, "What steps could I take right now towards what I want to bring into my life, using my present skills, talents, desires and resources?" It's a great place to begin.

Dr. Shaler speaks to thousands of people each year giving them and their organizations ‘The OK’s to SUCCEED!" --the Optimization Keys to lift their sights and elevate results from acceptable to EXCEPTIONAL. She is the author of 'Optimize Your Day! Practical Wisdom for Optimal Living’. Her book as well as her free ezines are available from her website, www.OptimizeLifeNow.com

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